Stupak Retires After Health Care Reform Battle
After a tumultuous few months in Congress thanks largely to his contribution to health care reform, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has decided to retire from Congress. Stupak is known widely for the Stupak Amendment to the health care bill that would bar Federal or private insurance from covering abortions. After receiving late-night threats and being called a “baby killer” on the House floor, he decided his time is up.
Conservative Groups Wanted Stupak Out
Several Michigan conservative groups have claimed credit for forcing Stupak, an 18-year House veteran to retire. After he agreed to go against his own abortion language to pass the $940 billion health care bill, they started a tea party movement, organizing rallies to push him out of Congress.
House GOP’s campaign committee calls Stupak the “first political casualty of ObamaCare.”
Stupak Has No Regrets
Despite the campaigns to move Stupak out of office, he says that he has no regrets about his decision to pass health care reform. He said that the 3 a.m. phone calls were not a huge factor in his decision to leave, because he knew that he was able to help obtain health insurance for millions of Americans.
However, as Stupak ends his problems, Democrats have only seen the start to theirs now that their attempts to hold on to the majority in Congress will become that much more difficult.